RIP Maurice Sendak

“Maurice Sendak was widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, whose works wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche. He died May 8, 2012.” –NYTimes

Boo is not yet a fan. Yes, she has the standard copy of Where the Wild Things Are, but it’s currently not in her literary repertoire. I don’t think it’s the greatest children’s story either (don’t get me started on the movie…), but the pictures are awesome and I love the idea of an imagination unleashed.  And so in honor of Maurice Sendak, Boo and I did some extra imagining yesterday and built some forts.  Actually, I built forts while Boo ran around pretending to eat bumblebees. It’s her new thing. I think it’s cute.

Anyway, I was reminded of something I had seen on the Internet years ago, when Where the Wild Things Are film was collecting buzz.  Check out this fort-building contest they held over at several years ago.  Some of those forts are almost as good as mine…

Isn’t playing fun?!?


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